News & Announcements:
OIPC Annual Meeting
Held February 10, 2015
Thank you to all that attended the 2015 OIPC Annual Meeting. Attendance was great and the speakers and presentations were informative and enlightening.
New OIPC "Financial Supporters" Page
The Ohio Invasive Plants Council is very appreciative of the support it has received in the past year from organizations and individuals. Organizations that contributed $100 or more are now listed on our new Financial Supporters web page. A link to each Supporters' website is provided.
OIPC Announces Winner of T-shirt Design Competition
The OIPC Board is pleased to announce that the design by Kristina Gauer, a graphic designer in Akron, Ohio, has been selected for the T-shirt that celebrates our 10th Anniversary. Attractive T-shirts with this terrific design will be available for purchase for $15 at our Annual Meeting at Highbanks Metro Park, Nature Center Meeting Room on February 10, 2015.
OIPC Newsletter - February 2015
Use this link to view our new Quarterly Newsletter
Ohio Invasive Plants Council
* Specific Steps in Assessment
* Policies and Procedures
* Summary of Results
* Schedule of Plants to be Assessed
Help Support the Ohio Invasive Plants Council
Your contribution will help support our outreach programs as well as the efforts being made to research sources in order to properly assess species as part of the Invasive Plant Assessment Protocol. In addition, OIPC sponsors a competitive Small Grants Program to financially assist students pursuing research concerning Ohio invasive plant problems. OIPC is operated by a Board of volunteers and is a 501(c)3 organization so your donations are tax-deductible.
Research Needs Identified
EDDMapS Smart Phone App and document any kudzu found growing in Ohio. For the latest news and information concerning kudzu in Ohio, see the News article "Plant That Ate the South Is Here:Poster Tells Public to Watch Out for Kudzu" or request the new kudzu awareness poster from the Ohio Woodland Stewards Program at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ohio Legislative Update
A bill to grant the Director of Agriculture exclusive authority to regulate invasive plant species in Ohio that was introduced by Senator Gale Manning, was signed by Governor Kasich on June 5, 2014. The text of this bill, Ohio Senate Bill 192|2013-2014|130th General Assembly, can be found via this link.
Contribute to OIPC every time you shop at Kroger
OIPC has joined the Kroger Community Rewards Program. This means that Kroger makes a quarterly donation to OIPC in proportion to our member' expenditures at their stores. To participate, use your existing Kroger Plus Card or get a new card at any Kroger store. With your card number at hand, either create an account or sign in to your existing account at www.kroger.com/communityrewards . To designate OIPC as the recipient organization, enter NPO number 23916, or select Ohio Invasive Plants Council from the list of organizations. After you confirm that OIPC appears on the right side of your information page, every swipe of your card will generate some revenue for OIPC to use for education, outreach and assessment! Thanks!
February 10, 2015 - OIPC Annual Meeting- held at Highbanks Metro Park, just north of Columbus, OH.
October 31, 2014 - OIPC 2014 Workshop and Field Day - "Converting Invasive Shrubland to Productive Pastures" held at The Wilds.
Oct 15-17, 2014 - "2014 Natural Areas Conference" held in Dayton, Ohio. See conference web site at naturalareasconference.org for abstracts and additional information.